|Michael holding a butterfly|
Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.
“They are navy blue,” I told him. “Your school’s dress code says black or khaki pants only.”
I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.
“Where are you taking me?” he said, suddenly worried. “Where are we going?”
“You know where we are going,” I replied.
“No! You can’t do that to me! You’re sending me to hell! You’re sending me straight to hell!”
This story was first published online by the Blue Review. Read more on current events at www.thebluereview.org